Coronavirus: MP gets new Health chief; rights panel seeks reply

Written by Milind Ghatwai
| Bhopal |

Published: April 8, 2020 1:06:35 am

Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan. (File Photo/Representational)
On a day the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) requested Madhya Pradesh authorities to elucidate why bureaucrats working with the Health Department weren’t moved to hospital isolation wards after testing optimistic for COVID-19, and what motion has been taken towards officers who failed to take action, the state authorities late on Tuesday gave Additional Chief Secretary Mohammed Suleman the cost of Health Department.

The 1989-batch IAS officer is senior to Pallavi Jain Govil, the 1994-batch officer who held the accountability till Tuesday and is likely one of the officers who’ve examined optimistic.

Her resolution to proceed at work even on Sunday has been criticised by Congress leaders within the state.

A authorities spokesman mentioned Govil has not been eliminated. “She is unavailable because she has tested positive,” he mentioned. The authorities had stored a second line of officers prepared for any such eventuality, the spokesperson mentioned.

Sudama Khade,a 2006-batch officer, was made director (well being).

Health Commissioner Faiz Ahmed Kidwai mentioned a probe has been ordered on how so many employees within the Health Directorate obtained contaminated with the virus.

Earlier within the day, SHRC requested the federal government to reply by 5 pm Thursday. It sought particulars reminiscent of date and time of their check reviews, why the officers weren’t moved to isolation wards instantly after testing optimistic, the variety of different Health officers who have been in contact with them, particulars of district officers liable for admitting them, and motion taken towards such officers.

An IAS officer, a part of the staff tasked to cope with medicine, equipments and logistics, examined optimistic final Wednesday. Then Principal Secretary (Health) Govil subsequently examined optimistic. She continued to work, stating that her well being was positive.

Unlike others who examined optimistic, the district administration didn’t paste the “do not visit” discover on houses of senior officers. While Govil and one other officer moved to a hospital after being requested by the Chief Secretary, a deputy director relented solely when threatened with suspension.

Govil advised The Indian Express on Tuesday that she was nonetheless working (from isolation room) as a result of she is match and confirmed no signs. She mentioned hospital beds are treasured and needs to be reserved for these with want them essentially the most.

On the cost that she refused to get admitted, Govil mentioned she was disciplined and complied with the chief secretary’s directions on hospitalisation.

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